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An ermously satisfying, exciting and enriching book, Vikram Chandra's vel draws the reader deep into the lives of detective Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj, the only Sikh inspector in the whole of Mumbai, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But 'the silky Sikh' is w past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anymous tip off as to the secret hideout of the legendary boss of the G-company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize. This is a sprawling, epic vel of friendships and betrayals, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its underworld. Drawing on the best of Victorian fiction, mystery vels, Bollywood movies and Vikram Chandra's years of first hand research on the streets of Mumbai, this vel reads like a potboiling page-turner but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.
Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize. His collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay (1997) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region) and was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has co-written Mission Kashmir, an Indian feature film. Vikram Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California. His work has been translated into eleven languages.
Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Fiction 2008.